Facebook’s dodgy defaults face more scrutiny in Europe

Italy’s Competition and Markets Authority has launched proceedings against Facebook for failing to fully inform users about the commercial uses it makes of their data. At the same time, a…

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Zuckerberg ditches annual challenges, but needs cynics to fix 2030

Mark Zuckerberg won’t be spending 2020 focused on wearing ties, learning Mandarin or just fixing Facebook. “Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I’ve tried to think about what I hope the…

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Facebook won’t ban political ads, prefers to keep screwing democracy

It’s 2020 — a key election year in the U.S. — and Facebook is doubling down on its policy of letting people pay it to fuck around with democracy. Despite…

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ByteDance & TikTok have secretly built a Deepfakes maker

TikTok parent company ByteDance has teamed up with one of the most controversial apps to let you insert your face into videos starring someone else. TechCrunch has learned that ByteDance…

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Instagram still doesn’t age-check kids. That must change.

Instagram dodges child safety laws. By not asking users their age upon signup, it can feign ignorance about how old they are. That way, it can’t be held liable for…

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European parliament’s NationBuilder contract under investigation by data regulator

Europe’s lead data regulator has issued its first ever sanction of an EU institution — taking enforcement action against the European parliament over its use of US-based digital campaign company,…

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Brexit ad blitz data firm paid by Vote Leave broke privacy laws, watchdogs find

A joint investigation by watchdogs in Canada and British Columbia has found that Cambridge Analytica-linked data firm, Aggregate IQ, broke privacy laws in Facebook ad-targeting work it undertook for the official…

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IAB Tech Lab releases the technical specifications for the IAB CCPA Compliance Framework

IAB Tech Lab today released the version 1.0 of the technical specifications for the IAB CCPA Compliance Framework. The Framework supports compliance with the CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act) for…

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Google to stop sending contextual information on the bid requests

Google yesterday announced that will stop sending contextual information on the bid requests, starting in February 2020. According to Google, this a result from engagement with the European data protection…

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A US federal court finds suspicionless searches of phones at the border is illegal

A federal court in Boston has ruled that the government is not allowed to search travelers’ phones or other electronic devices at the U.S. border without first having reasonable suspicion…

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